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Comment: Does bullying violate terms of service? (Score 1) 323

Online gaming services make it clear what is unacceptable behavior when it comes to bullying. Do services such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. have similar terms and conditions? Why don't schools and parents leverage these mechanisms to address bullying?

Comment: Irrational exuberance (Score 1) 39

by VikingNation (#48871509) Attached to: Jim Blasko Explains 'Unbreakable Coin' (Video 2 of 2)
Bitcoin and other crypto currencies all have a weakness. They rely upon security of end devices to provide security of the money. Banks have been targets for cyber attacks but tend to have separate networks to secure operations to move money. Security of mobile and desktop are not robust enough to meet requirements to protect money.

Comment: Re: Probability of roll for advantage/disadvantage (Score 1) 203

by VikingNation (#47711635) Attached to: Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released
The advantage/disadvantage system in 5th edition simplifies certain aspects of the game. The following article provides math to calculate the probability of a second dice roll being less (or greater) than the first.

For a d20 there is a 0.475 chance that the second dice roll with be greater (or less) than the first.

One would need to calculate the numbers for stacking bonuses to determine which system provides greater odds of success.

Comment: Remove social networking from news sites (Score 1) 382

by VikingNation (#47699183) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?
News broadcasts focus too much on delivering entertainment. The integration of social media and commenting services creates an environment in which consumers has too much of an active role in shaping the news. These platforms encourage narcissistic behavior and shrill comments which make little difference in focusing on the facts.

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine